BG: 'Government's increasing use of Open Source inevitable'
Open Source News - 29 May 2008 - Bulgaria - General
The Bulgarian government will turn more and more to Open Source
software, predicts Krasimir Panayotov, coordinator of the
GNU/Linux User Group in the city of Rousse, the country's
The Open Source advocacy group are confident that Bulgarian
public administrations migrating to this type of software find it
reduces the cost of IT and at the same time improves the security
of their systems. To help get this message across, the user
group is organising software demonstrations next month tailored
especially for representatives of public administrations.
The software demonstrations will take place on either 14 or 21
June, says Panayotov, depending on availability of conference
space at the Angel Kanchev University. Apart from proving to
government representatives of how easy switching to Open Source
is, the group plans to present the major Open Source
distributions, including FreeBSD.
The Rousse GNU/Linux enthusiasts are also getting busy organising
the fourth annual Openfest conference, scheduled for this autumn.
This Open Source conference is increasingly attracting
representatives of public administrations, says Panayotov. "Some
of our regular participants are IT workers from the local Custom
The non profit GNU/Linux user group was founded last year. It
wants to provide information around the use of GNU/Linux and
other Open Source applications. The group plans to regularly
organise public events to discuss and demonstrate this type of
Panayotov trusts that the Open Source demonstrations in June will
help convince local IT administrators to at least try it out.
"Those in public administration that use standard office
productivity software, can switch to using Open Source
alternatives almost immediately."
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